Hi, I’m Michelle. I originally founded Miles with Michelle Coaching in Lincoln in 2016, but I relocated to the West Pennines in 2017, so I can now be found running around north Bolton, Wigan and Chorley.
I’ve been running since 2002, and my heart lies on our beautiful trails. I am a fully qualified and insured Coach in Running Fitness through UK Athletics, a certified canicross trainer through Dogfit UK, a trained run leader mentor through Run Together, and I regularly help out at my local parkrun as part of the core team sharing the run director role.
I got into the world of coaching in 2009 when I founded Witham Runners (Lincolnshire) running club. A baptism of fire, as chairperson for 8 years, I rode a fast rollercoaster-like learning curve, affiliating with UK Athletics, fundraising, event and race organising, after-school running clubs, and of course, coaching. I was at the helm as Witham Runners took on the race management of the popular Bassingham Bash 5 mile event, and was co-race director for the 2015 and 2016 events.
I have many years experience of coaching, both on and off track, from beginner level through to ultramarathon distance. I specialise in endurance road and trail running, although I am now doing much more track coaching, as I am involved with the juniors section of Horwich RMI Harriers.
A keen runner myself, I have competed in many events over the years including the London and Manchester marathons, and various trail marathons and ultramarathons. I firmly believe that anybody can achieve anything they set their heart on with the right mindset and the right support at their side. I only started running in my late twenties, so I don’t have an athletics background, and for this reason a lot of my work is focused on helping beginners find the confidence to start their own running journeys, because I know how daunting it can be to take that first step.
I am very proud to be the club coach for We Are Run Things. Whilst I would always encourage a very individual and flexible approach to your training, with a plan designed just for you, I have worked hard together with the Run Things Run Club team to produce some generic plans to help you work towards your next event, whether that be your first 5k or a marathon PB. You can join the club for £25 (lifetime membership) for access to these.
I am also very proud to be associated with UKRunChat, Runderwear, and Aussie Grit Apparel.